For Sparky and myself, curiosity drives passion which in turn fuels our life's engine. Our passion was capturing the story of both unbuilding the Grace (1929 - 2007) and Pearman (1966 - 2007) Bridges and discovering the unbuilders. It takes a lot of passion to track a project from July 2005 until April 2007 - rain, shine, hurricanes or moving to Singapore. We discovered the joy of discovery learning. Ken Canty opened the front door for us - then Steve Testa, Ponch Billingsley and Mickey Rogers opened many side doors. Below are the highlights of what we discovered, who we met and what we learned.
And a reminder from T.S. Eliot (East Coker from the Four Quartets)
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
Now its Friday
Sparky started out about 7am - the port
and our daily checkup on P-3 and Michael (I think)
The worksite - The Mt Pleasant side of the channel displays only the Grace cantilever and part of the on-ramp
another view of the worksite
Cousin Arthur taking it all in and Manny's crane about to be moved
Manny and his smile - what a crane operator and gentleman! And Scott - clearly Manny and Scott are solving serious problems with their smiles!
The dual boom crane - I suppose to help with the retrieval
The last ship to pass Grace before the detonation -from Sparky's perspective
Another view of the passing cargo ship
A piece of Sparky-art - the cargo ship framed by the grapple arm
Here is the initial ignition sequence from single video frames
T = 0 T = 0.033 sec
T = 0.067 sec T = 0.100 sec
T = 0.133 sec T = 0.167 sec
T = 0.200 sec T = 0.233 sec
T = 0.467 sec T = 0.800 sec
T = 1.133 sec T = 1.467 sec
T = 1.800 sec T = 2.133 sec
T = 2.467 sec T = 2.800 sec
T = 3.133 sec T = 3.467 sec
T = 3.800 sec T = 4.133 sec
T = 4.467 sec T = 4.800 sec
T = 7.767 sec T = 11.133 sec
T = 14.467 sec T = 17.800 sec
Sparky captured the intermediate fall from the Cooper River. Here are some high resolution images. Look closely at the middle support column - right side - a vertical line of fire
the vertical line is still there
Gone is the line of fire and replaced with a big splash
Gary was on the Mt. Pleasant side and shows a different perspective: The last ship to pass by Grace before the detonation
and its all over - except new fishing opportunities for Jackie and Michael and Richie and Steve and the rest of the team
As seen by Sparky
The team from Demolition Dynamics: Oscar -
and Oscar directing traffic!
David - a small smile of success!
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C. Frank Starmer